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They have more than 90% of the market. The fact that alternatives exist doesn't make them not a monopoly when hardly anyone is using those alternatives. See windows in the late '90s.



Actually, by definition, you are wrong. And you are wrong about 90% of the market as well.

http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2289560/Googles-Search-...

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IIRC, Google tends to have more "real" searches. A lot of Bing and Yahoo searches probably have the query string "Facebook" because people have it as the default engine, or are already on a Yahoo / MS property (like their web mail). A lot of these people will then type "Google" into the Bing / Yahoo search box, when they need to find something.

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A lot of Google searches come from the same place: having google as the default search engine and then typing in "facebook" rather than "facebook.com"

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That's only for the U.S. In all but a few foreign countries, Google has closer to a 90% market share.

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IIRC it's actually around 95%-ish in italy. We had some data shown by an important web analytics player during the italian Search marketing conference in December 2012. http://www.convegnogt.it/2012/interventi/lo-stato-del-search...

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